The Konstanzer Meisterklasse is an international annual convention of renowned scholars and a group of doctoral and postdoctoral Fellows from the cultural and social sciences. It provides a supportive and stimulating environment for intensive scholarly debate and intellectual exchange, in the beautiful surroundings of Lake Constance. In the morning sessions, one of the Masters gives a lecture, in the afternoon there are short presentations by participating Fellows.
The Konstanzer Meisterklasse was established as an innovative form of academic exchange by Bernhard Giesen in 1999. Over the years, Meisterklassen have been chaired by eminent scholars like Zygmunt Bauman, Randall Collins, Mary Douglas, Clifford Geertz, Reinhart Koselleck, John R. Searle and Hayden White.
This years Konstanzer Meisterklasse "Crisis and Collapse" will take place from July 22 - 30, 2013. It will be chaired by Karl Heinz Bohrer (London/ Stanford), Karin Knorr Cetina (Konstanz/ Chicago), Saskia Sassen (New York) and Richard Sennett (London)
The application should entail the following documents (in Word or as PDF):
- Letter indicating your motivation for participating in this year's
- Curriculum Vitae
- Brief outline of your current research (e.g. PhD project)
In case you wish to present your work, which is not required, you may add a short abstract of your planned contribution (about 20 minutes). Please be aware that the available slots for presentation are limited so that we cannot make any promises.
Participation is limited to 25 selected Fellows. Working language is English. Application deadline is May 20, 2013. Postgraduate students may apply for a grant partly covering their expenses.
Please send an Email to:
or send a letter to:
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Giesen
Department of History and Sociology
Postfach D 28
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